Ballet Music (2012)

Prokofiev, Hindemith

Sergey Koudriakov

Mikhail Tsinman

This disk brings together two compositions closely linked to 20th-century ballet music. They are also close from a chronological point of view: Sergey Prokofiev’s Ten Pieces for Piano from the Ballet ‘Romeo and Juliet’ appeared in 1937, Paul Hindemith’s The Four Temperaments for piano and strings in 1940.
Among composers of the last century Prokofiev in particular was devoted to the programmatic suite genre, which allowed him to breathe new life into the musical material of his own, mainly scenic, works. The composer regarded such genre changes as an opportune and natural way to expand not only the range of performers, but also his auditorium. Often Prokofiev worked simultaneously on a scenic work and suites derived from its musical content. Especially fruitful in this respect were three ballets composed in his homeland during his mature creative period – Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and The Tale of the Stone Flower. Music from each of these was embodied in four suites – the maximum number for Prokofiev’s genre transformations.

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Mikhail Tsinman

Mikhail Tsinman, violinist and concertmaster at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, also teaches at the Moscow Conservatory and plays with the Moscow Rachmaninov Trio. Studied at the Gnesin Music School under Yelena Bondarenko and Oleg Krysa and graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory, where he was taught by Boris Belenky, and completed postgraduate studies with Sergey Girshenko. He was laureate of Premio Rodolfo Lipizer Competition (Italy, 1990) and winner of Mozart Competition (Austria, 1991). Toured in Russia and abroad, working with conductors such as Alexander Lazarev, Hans Graf, Klaus Arp, Fuat Mansurov and Dmitry Liss, and others. Played with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia Orchestra, the philharmonics of Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Orenburg, Saratov, Tomsk, Ulyanovsk and Ufa, and the Tel Aviv Chamber Orchestra. As part of the Moscow Rachmaninov Trio he has participated in many international music festivals, including Moravian Autumn (Brno, 2004) and the Europelia Arts Festival (Belgium, 2005). Recorded Nikolai Metner’s complete works for violin and piano in a duet with pianist Vladimir Yampolsky. Since 2003 he has performed as conductor. In this recording he performs with his daughter.

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Ballet Music (2012)

Prokofiev, Hindemith

Sergey Koudriakov

    Audiophile Audition Review: “Ballet Music” – PROKOFIEV / HINDEMITH -

Two works for ballet, composed about the same time but quite different in many ways. Though both of these works are in fact for ballets, it seems to be a rather odd coupling for an album. The first is strictly solo piano—though the piano transcriptions from Prokofiev’s ballet have been getting a lot of attention on recordings—and the second orchestra. Also, the Prokofiev music is probably his most melodic and familiar of his entire opera, while no one would accuse Hindemith of having any easily-recalled melodies. Pianist Koudriakov says in his liner notes that both are related to 20th-century ballet music and were composed at about the same time, so that may explain his choices. Prokofiev extracted two orchestra suites and one piano suite of ten pieces from his Romeo and Juliet ballet. This allowed him to breathe new life into his original musical material. The piano suite has a shorter scenario than the complete ballet and ends just prior to the scene at the tomb where Romeo takes poison himself. The dance music translates beautifully to the solo piano. Hindemith composed his original “untitled suite suitable for dance” for George Balanchine shortly after the composer had arrived in the U.S., driven out of Germany by the Nazi. But the ballet version was not premiered until 1946, with its theme and four human dance characters for the following four movements. In portions it is a concerto for piano and chamber orchestra, yet in other places it becomes a larger-scale orchestral work. The surround sonics on both selections—courtesy of Polyhymnia International—are top rate. I should mention the lovely line drawings on the actual SACD, which look like the work of Cocteau or Hans Erni.

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Ballet Music (2012)

Prokofiev, Hindemith

Sergey Koudriakov

Digital Converters: Meitner Design
Microphones: Microphones – Neumann km130; DPA (B & K) 4006 ; DPA (B & K) 4011 SCHOEPS mk2S; SCHOEPS mk41
Producer: Michael Serebryanyi
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Recording location: 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op.75. - Folk Dance
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Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op.75. - The Street Awakens (Scene)
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Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op.75. - Arrival of the Guests (Minuet)
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Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op.75. - Juliet as a Young Girl
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Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op.75. - Masks
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Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op.75. - The Montagues and the Capulets
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Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op.75. - Friar Laurence
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Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op.75. - Mercutio
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Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op.75. - Dance of the Girls with Lilies
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Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op.75. - Romeo bids Juliet Farewell
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Theme and Variations The Four Temperaments. - Theme
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Theme and Variations The Four Temperaments. - Melancholy
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Theme and Variations The Four Temperaments. - Sanguine
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Theme and Variations The Four Temperaments. - Phlegmatic
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Theme and Variations The Four Temperaments. - Choleric
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